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Prince William Cty, VA: $2M to make schools safer, hire more social workers, counselors

Mar 15, 2018, Warrenton (VA) Prince William Times: School board adds $3.5 million to bolster school security, hire 15 more social workers, counselors http://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/school-board-adds-million-to-bolster-school-security-hire-more/article_13b5935e-2856-11e8-8fb6-ebdfb4f082d5.html The Prince William County School Board will spend more than $2 million in the coming months to better secure school buildings and hire more social workers and guidance counselors to help struggling students, decisions made hours after hundreds of students walked But there was little doubt that concerns about school safety and mental-health support had some effect on the board’s discussion as they voted to add a total of $3.5 million in new spending to the $1.19 billion budget Superintendent Steven Walts proposed last month. … A group of school social workers attended the meeting and stood while the board discussed adding the positions. They clapped and cheered after the vote. “I can’t even put into words what this means,” said Betsy Young, supervisor of the school division’s social workers. Young said the social workers deal with the most vulnerable students, including those with complex mental health needs and victims of physical and sexual abuse. …